Dhoni’s army insignia gloves controversy hikes as BCCI backs the player
India's late first match in ICC World Cup 2019 or the resounding victory is not the talk of the town anymore. Former skipper M S Dhoni seems to have struck up a controversial spark by wearing wicket-keeper gloves with a regimental dagger insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment.
Dhoni was conferred an honorary Lieutenant Colonel rank in this regiment in 2011 and had also undergone training under the Para Brigade in 2015. The simple act was lauded by several Indian fans as the player's tribute to the Indian Army.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) was not very happy with the player's choice of clothing. As per ICC regulations: "The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match." They asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to remove the symbol from the gloves.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) who run the Indian cricket has requested the ICC to allow Dhoni to keep the insignia on his gloves. They have also come out with an explanation about why Dhoni is clear of ICC restrictions.
"Yes, we are aware of the issue with Dhoni's badge. But this isn't any political or religious sentiment and we have requested the ICC to grant permission for Dhoni to sport the badge on his gloves," a member CoA told IANS, at a meeting at Mumbai on Friday.